Nicotiana benthamiana mesophyll protoplasts, either mock-inoculated or inoculated using in vitro transcripts derived from lettuce infectious yellows virus (LIYV) RNA 1- and/or RNA 2-cloned cDNAs were analysed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and, in some cases, also by immunogold labelling. TEM revealed the main cytopathological effects of LIYV infections in N. benthamiana protoplasts infected with RNAs 1 and 2: (a) typical closterovirus-induced (beet yellows virus-type) accumulations of vesiculated cytoplasmic membranes as inclusion bodies, sometimes with associated virions; (b) scattered aggregations of virions within the cytoplasm; and (c) electron-dense plasmalemma deposits. These were not seen in mock-inoculated protoplasts. Protoplasts inoculated only with LIYV RNA 1 contained vesiculated cytoplasmic inclusion bodies, but not virions or plasmalemma deposits. Thus, infection by only LIYV RNA 1 is sufficient to induce characteristic closterovirus vesiculated cytoplasmic inclusion bodies. However, both LIYV RNAs 1 and 2 are needed for production of virions and plasmalemma deposits.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Most cited this month Most Cited RSS feed

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error